Paulding investigators seek help on robbery cases

Paulding County investigators are seeking the public’s help in finding those responsible for recent robberies at two businesses.

According to Paulding County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Cpl. Ashley Henson, around 7 a.m. Saturday, a man entered the CVS Pharmacy on Seven Hills Boulevard at Cedarcrest Road and forced a clerk to the manager’s office at the back of the store. There, he ordered the manager to remove all of the money from the safe. The perpetrator pointed a black semi-automatic pistol at the employees during the robbery, and then left the store with an undisclosed amount of money.

Paulding investigators also are looking into a robbery at Walmart on Marietta Highway. In that incident, Henson said, a man walked into the store Sunday around 8:30 p.m., went to the register closest to the door and handed the clerk a note to hand over all the money. The note said he had a gun and a bomb, and that he was willing to use either weapon.

The clerk gave him cash from her register, which he put in a plastic Walmart bag before leaving the store.

A weapon was never shown during the incident.

Anyone with information on either incident is asked to contact the sheriff’s office’s Criminal Investigations Division at 770-443-3015.

The robberies follow an Oct. 23 robbery and shooting in Paulding, this one within the jurisdiction of Dallas police. It is not known if the incidents are related, authorities said.

Police said three men, each wearing Halloween masks, attempted to rob the Citgo Quick Stop on Merchant’s Drive.

Dallas police Sgt. Bill Gorman said a store clerk was shot in the neck during the robbery, and his injury was believed to be non-life-threatening.

The three men, who wore a Jason Voorhees hockey mask and masks of a skull and Spider-Man, were only able to take cigarettes from the store.

“The way they were disguised, it doesn’t give us much to work with,” Gorman said. “They had their faces totally concealed.”

The robbery and shooting remain under investigation.

— Staff writer Alexis Stevens contributed to this report.

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